Sustainability

Safety, Security and Quality of Foods

Basic approach

For the Fuji Oil Group, providing safe and secure products to society is a prerequisite for its business activities as a food manufacturer. The Fuji Oil Group works to create products that customers and consumers can use with peace of mind, based on the four provisions of its Basic Policy of Quality: 1. We work in full compliance with laws & regulations and the spirit thereof, and strive to enhance product safety and reliability; 2. We develop creative products, and propose them to customers in a timely manner; 3. We strive to enhance customer satisfaction; and 4. We communicate precisely and cordially, and strive to solve problems.

Promotion system

The Fuji Oil Group established the position of Chief Quality Officer (CQO) in FY 2018 and will work to improve the level of quality assurance and quality control throughout the Group.
We have established a management system in each of our group companies to apply the Fuji Oil Group Basic Policy of Safety, Quality and Environment to our business activities. In addition, we have established the Fuji Oil Group Safety, Quality and Environment Management Regulations and based on these regulations we monitor the management status of each group company (safety, quality and environmental audits). We also hold a Meeting of Safety, Quality & Environment for the persons in charge at each group company in each region to share initiatives.

Case study at Fuji Oil Co., Ltd.

Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. has established a Quality Control Department to check that products and the manufacturing process meet our standards in each process from raw material procurement to production and shipment. In addition, an independent Quality Assurance Department has been established to provide cross-divisional product and process verification, and to verify that laws are observed and products are high quality from the customer’s perspective. The Quality Assurance Department routinely collects information regarding laws and the food industry, and shares it with group companies.

品質保証体制図

Education and awareness-raising activities

The Fuji Oil Group provides education to employees to raise their awareness of quality. Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. supports activities at each plant conducted in accordance with action guidelines and holds lectures on hygiene and other matters. A total of 76 people attended these lectures in FY 2017. In addition, every November we participate in Quality Month, which is organized by the Quality Month Committee, a Japanese industry organization. During Quality Month, based on a defined theme we conduct various activities to raise awareness of quality among our employees.
We also provide overseas group companies with ongoing technical guidance on newly introduced analytical equipment to improve the overall quality management level of our group. We will continue to promote technological exchange among group companies to spread the Group’s advanced analytical techniques to other group companies, in order to provide safer and more reliable products to customers around the world.

Ensuring thoroughgoing food safety and quality

Objectives

  • Create a group-wide quality assurance system by 2020.
  • Acquire FSSC 22000 or ISO 22000 certification at all Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. plants by the end of FY 2019 (March 31, 2020).

Progress

In addition to promoting acquisition of quality management certification, we conducted internal quality audits at group companies outside Japan. We audited 7 of the 18 plants subject to inspection and provided evaluations and feedback on quality control.

Acquisition status of major quality management certifications

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Major certifications: Progress made during FY 2017 Acquisition status as of the end of FY 2017
GFSI-recognized certifications (FSSC, SQF)
  • Unit 1, Kanto Section, Chocolate Production Department, Kanto Plant of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. newly obtained FSSC 22000 certification.
  • Unit 2, Section 1, Emulsified & Fermented Foods Production Department of the Kanto Plant of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. newly obtained FSSC 22000 certification.
  • Shandong Longteng Fuji Foodstuffs (China) newly obtained FSSC 22000 certification.
  • FUJI VEGETABLE OIL, INC. (U.S.A.) newly obtained SQF certification.
Outside Japan: 11 group companies
In Japan: 4 business sites and 5 plants of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd.
HACCP or ISO 22000 certification
  • Chiba Plant of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. newly obtained ISO 22000 certification.
  • Unit 1, Section 2, Soy Ingredients Production Department of the Hannan Business Operations Complex of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. newly obtained ISO 22000 certification.
  • Unit 2, Section 2, Soy Ingredients Production Department of the Hannan Business Operations Complex of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. newly obtained ISO 22000 certification.
Outside Japan: 15 group companies
In Japan: 5 business sites and 9 plants of Fuji Oil Co., Ltd.
Omu Milk Products Co., Ltd.(The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare version)
ISO 9001 certification
  • 3F Fuji Foods Private Limited (India) newly obtained ISO 9001 certification.
Outside Japan: 13 group companies
In Japan: 5 group companies

Specific initiatives

Risk management and countermeasures

Risk management methods for food safety

Group companies and their relevant organizational units manage and respond to risks related to food safety as part of the Fuji Oil Group’s overall risk management system.

See the following website for an overview of the risk management system.

https://www.fujioilholdings.com/en/csr/risk_management/

Acquisition of International Quality Management Certifications

The Fuji Oil Group has been actively promoting the acquisition of international quality management certifications to meet our customers’ demands. In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the need for prevention of foreign matter contamination. Accordingly, to improve our food safety level, since FY 2012 the quality audits of each group company – both in and outside Japan – include confirmation of the degree to which the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized standards have been met.

*GFSI: A nonprofit organization established in 2000. In order to ensure and improve food safety worldwide, GFSI harmonizes international food safety standards by establishing and publishing a set of criteria and recognizing prominent food safety management system standards around the world that fulfill these criteria.

Food safety-related risks and countermeasures

A risk assessment of the entire Fuji Oil Group in FY 2017 resulted in the identification of the food safety-related risks of contamination by foreign matter, allergens and inappropriate raw materials. We strive to reduce the possibility of the occurrence of these risks through acquisition of quality management certifications and prioritized evaluation and guidance by means of quality audits.

Product labeling

The Fuji Oil Group strives to provide labeling on all its products in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations of each country or region.
At Fuji Oil Co., Ltd., the Quality Assurance Department collects information on relevant laws and regulations every day and conveys any revisions through the "Food Safety Information," which it distributes on a daily basis, to the relevant departments to ensure that these revisions are promptly and accurately reflected on product labels. There is also a system in place to ensure that the staff in the development, production and quality assurance departments check the content of product labels before printing to avoid any errors that would violate laws or regulations. We endeavor to enhance transparency by disclosing information to our customers in a timely fashion through product specifications and the Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. website.

Acquisition of certifications

Acquisition of Halal and Kosher Certifications

The Fuji Oil Group creates value that embraces regional dietary cultures. We promote the acquisition of halal and kosher certifications that verify the conformity of our use of raw materials and production processes to Islamic and Jewish dietary rules, respectively. These certifications are now supported not only by believers in Islam and Judaism, but also by health- and food safety-conscious consumers, as the image of halal- and kosher-certified foods as healthy, safe and reliable has taken root around the world. We will continue our efforts to establish systems that enable us to provide safe, healthy and delicious food products to people of all cultures and values.

Acquisition of halal certification (As of March 2018)

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Companies offering halal-certified products
FUJI OIL (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
WOODLANDS SUNNY FOODS PTE. LTD. (SINGAPORE)
PALMAJU EDIBLE OIL SDN. BHD. (MALAYSIA)
PT. FREYABADI INDOTAMA (INDONESIA)
FUJI OIL (ZHANG JIA GANG) CO., LTD. (CHINA)
JILIN FUJI PROTEIN CO., LTD. (CHINA)
TIANJIN FUJI PROTEIN (CHINA)
FUJI VEGETABLE OIL, INC. (USA)
HARALD (BRAZIL)
FUJI OIL EUROPE (BELGIUM)
PT. MUSIM MAS-FUJI (INDONESIA)
FUJI OIL (THAILAND) CO., LTD. (THAILAND)
FREYABADI (THAILAND) CO., LTD. (THAILAND)
GCB SPECIALTY CHOCOLATES SDN. BHD. (MALAYSIA)

Note: If you would like to know whether a specific product is halal-certified, please contact the relevant group company.

Acquisition of kosher certification (As of March 2018)

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Companies offering kosher-certified products
FUJI VEGETABEL OIL, INC.
FUJI OIL EUROPE (BELGIUM)
FUJI OIL (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (SINGAPORE)
PALMAJU EDIBLE OIL SDN. BHD. (MALAYSIA)
PT. FREYABADI INDOTAMA (INDONESIA)
JILIN FUJI PROTEIN CO., LTD. (CHINA)
TIANJIN FUJI PROTEIN CO., LTD. (CHINA)
PT. MUSIM MAS-FUJI (INDONESIA)

Note: If you would like to know whether a specific product is kosher-certified, please contact the relevant group company.

Response to GFSI and acquisition of FSSC 22000 certification

The Fuji Oil Group is conducting activities to obtain FSSC 22000 food safety management system certification, a certification system recognized by GFSI. In FY 2017, 3 plants newly acquired FSSC 22000 certification and 1 plant newly acquired SQF certification for total certifications of 4 business sites and 5 plants in Japan and 11 plants outside Japan.
In response to the Japanese government’s plan to make HACCP implementation mandatory in 2020, we have been conducting activities since FY 2016 to obtain FSSC 22000 or ISO 22000 certification for plants that produce chocolate, cream, soybean or other ingredients. We are promoting measures with a plan to complete certification at all factories in Japan during FY 2019.

See the following website for the latest status of FSSC 22000 certification.

https://www.fujioilholdings.com/en/about/authen/iso22000/

GFSI-approved standards

We audit the quality management systems of all of our business sites with respect to food safety based on the requirements of GFSI recognized standards. When there is an issue, improvements are instituted, which is allowing us to quickly build a system for responding to the various cross-border needs of our customers.

GFSI recognized standards (As of September 2013)

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Name Outline
(1) BRC GLOBAL STANDARD FOR FOOD SAFETY ISSUE 6 Standard for food safety developed and run by the British Retail Consortium. The requirements include ones relating to legal compliance.
(2) Canada GAP Management criteria for guaranteeing agricultural product safety that has received full Canadian Government recognition
(3) FSSC22000 A management system developed by The Foundation for Food Safety Certification in the Netherlands that integrates hygiene control standards for food production with the requirements for ISO 2000, an international standard for food safety management systems.
(4) Global Aquaculture Alliance The Global Aquaculture Alliance certifies aquaculture companies that are implementing their businesses in a sustainable manner.
(5) GLOBAL G.A.P. Standards for safety management of agricultural production developed by Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group (EUREP)
(6) Global Red Meat Standard An international standard on managing the safety of meat
(7) International Food Standard Version 6 A standard for the production control of suppliers that provide retailers in France and Germany with food products. It verifies that a supplier's production control meets related safety standards, quality standards and legal standards
(8) SQF An international standard for food safety and quality management systems in line with HACCP fundamentals
(9) Primus GFS An international standard for food safety and quality management systems in line with HACCP fundamentals

Acquisition of HACCP, ISO 22000 and ISO 9001 certifications

See the following sections of our website for the latest status of HACCP, ISO 22000 and ISO 9001 certifications.

Recalls and Other Incidents

No product recalls or other significant quality incidents occurred in the Fuji Oil Group during FY 2017. We will continue working to ensure that our customers can use Fuji Oil Group products with peace of mind.

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